Schools in the UK are moving over to distance learning. Here we give you our top tips for how to make the transition as easy as possible for you as a student.
Make sure you set up a schedule and stick to it. Example schedule:
Make sure you have an objective every day. Decide on three tasks you're going to do during the day and work consciously towards these. You can count anything you manage to achieve in addition to this as a bonus. You can use digital services to make it really clear what you need to do for each one. For example, tools like: Trello and Asana.
Make sure you have a space at home that you dedicate to your studies. A space where you keep your computer, headset, books and important papers. And above all, make sure you have an ergonomic working position. If you have a desk in a separate room, this is perfect.
Makes sure that your parents and siblings know this is your quiet study place and that you don't want to be disturbed.
Don't just lie in bed in the morning. Get up, get dressed and have your breakfast just like you normally would. You’ll feel better and healthier if you stick to your routines.
Keep in contact with your classmates so your social life doesn't come to a grinding halt. It’s easy to start feeling isolated if you're working remotely for a long period. By communicating via video link, so that you can actually see your classmates, you can top up your social interactions. For example, you can help each other to study, produce work in a group or just hang out during your coffee breaks. Examples of tools: Facetime, Zoom, Teams and Skype.
Simply sitting with your nose in your books for several hours makes you tired and absent-minded, and you’ll find it’s hard to focus and take in what you're reading. So go into the garden and blow the cobwebs away, or open your window so you get a little fresh air. If you can, combine this with moving your body too.
Make sure you eat breakfast and have a proper lunch every day. And don’t forget the essential coffee or tea break in the afternoon. By topping up your body with fuel, you avoid unnecessary energy dips. There are also a number of study techniques that can help if you find it hard to achieve self-discipline, for example the Pomodoro technique, which includes a lot of what you’ve just read in this guide.
If you want to study undisturbed, you may want to invest in some noise cancelling headphones. When the noise reduction is activated, the headphones (if they are good ones) should be able to effectively block out outside noise. This pair of headphones can handle this well with a sense of style, along with amazing audio quality, wireless control on the cover and great microphone sound quality.
Even if everything can be done digitally, sometimes it's nice to print out instructions or other texts on paper to read through and review. This printer suits a home office setting very well, with the added benefit of it being compact, wireless and also containing a scanner.
Remote studying can mean lots of video meetings, for which you'll need a good webcam. Many laptops have built-in webcams, but if you currently lack one, this Logitech model is a fantastic alternative.
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